49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said wide receiver Michael Crabtree was never fully healthy last season. The sixth-year wideout did make it back from an offseason Achilles tear on Dec. 1 and caught 19 passes for 284 yards in the final five regular-season games. But according to Kaepernick, that wasn't the real Crabtree.
That guy has showed up in training camp this year.
"He's a step or two quicker now," Kaepernick said of Crabtree on Tuesday. "He has a burst out of his routes. He has burst when he catches the ball. (He) looks really good out there."
Crabtree's average draft position is in the fifth round, in the early 20s among WRs. He's being drafted after Percy Harvin and Roddy White on average. Thus, I think he's fallen a bit too far. Almost a year and a half removed from the Achilles tear, Kaepernick makes it clear that Crabtree is operating at a high level. He was an 1,100-yard player in 2012, and while the 49ers have added more targets in the passing game, they are also go to throw the ball more often this season. A lot of fantasy teams out there are going to land Crabtree as a WR3, and they should be very pleased about that.